Fresh veg from farm to plate
A new social enterprise providing organic vegetables directly from farms to people living and working in Islington is due to launch soon.
Angel Greens is a not-for-profit project that aims to provide good quality, sustainable, healthy and affordable food, in a way that is fair to farmers, transparent to members, healthy to the environment, and beneficial to the community.
We caught up with Camila Barboza who explained more.
Who are the people behind Angel Greens?
Angel Greens is a community-led project and various local residents have helped at different stages. It was started by África, who has lived in Islington for over nine years, and currently counts with the help of Camila and Gemma, who all share a passion for sustainability, healthy food and involvement with the local community.
Where did the idea come from?
Similar schemes exist in several other London boroughs, but surprisingly, not in Islington. We are following the model of the amazing Growing Communities, a Hackney-based social enterprise who has been working towards a better and more resilient food system for over 20 years now; and are part of Better Food Traders, a network of veg schemes that also follow the Growing Communities model, adhere to their code of practice, and work together to we explore new innovative ways to produce, distribute and supply healthy food.
How do you source the veggies and where do they come from?
We will source our produce as locally as possible. That is both a way of supporting British farmers who are organically certified or using chemical-free growing methods, and of getting produce that is freshly harvested, which is always tastier and more nutritious.
Our main suppliers will be Sarah Green’s Organics in Essex, Ripple Farm Organics in Kent, Hughes Organics in Suffolk and Calabaza Growers in London (Carshalton).
What date do you launch?
We will launch as soon as we reach the minimum number of members to make the scheme viable.
How can a business or place become a pick up point?
Do you need any more volunteers?
Yes, we are a very small team at the moment, and would love to hear from anyone willing to get involved.